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The past 10 days or so has been a whirlwind of work, planning and packing, but I did take a break from all this last week to attend the Savouring Salt event by Arbon Publishing at Mumu Grill in Crows Nest.
Not just a chance to see how to use salt in cooking better (I hardly use it at all), it was a night to meet up with friends, make new friends and see how to create my own salt concoctions at home. I even tried salted strawberries and chocolate, which aren’t as weird as you think. It had never occurred to me that there are so many salt varieties beyond common Saxa table salt and Maldon Sea Salt! My favourite was Himalayan Rock Salt (what a surprise – it’s pink!), but I wasn’t too keen on the volcanic salt (smelt too much like sulfur for my liking).
It was also an opportunity to hear The Salt Book author, Fritz Gubler, speak about the history of this crystal mineral. Did you know salt was once so valued it was THE currency and Roman soldiers received payment in salt?
So now I have my own beautiful copy of The Salt Book full of history, recipes and tips on how to use salt, including cooking on salt blocks. I think this is a good start in my quest to break into the foodie world when we start our hazelnut farm.